John Betjeman Award

John Betjeman Award 2015

“Places of worship are… the history of English art displayed in living form…” - Sir John Betjeman


(Photos from left to right: monument in the Poulett Memorial Chapel at St George's Church (2014 winner), embroidered dossal at Lanercost Priory (highly commended 2014), consolidation work at Tewkesbury Abbey (highly commended 2014)

The award

The John Betjeman award is given to celebrate excellence in the conservation and repair of places of worship of any faith in England and Wales, although cathedrals are not eligible. It recognises and rewards the highest standards of conservation craftsmanship and the winning project is publicised as an example to others of good practice.  The award is made for specific repair to, or conservation of, a single element of a church’s fabric, fitting or furnishing and is given to the place of worship rather than to any individual associated with the work. It celebrates the project, the building and the community that cares for it. Read more about the 2014 winners in The SPAB Magazine (autumn 2014 edition) or download the article.

2015 John Betjeman Award shortlist

St Mary, Nantwich (Cheshire) – repairs to choir stalls
St Edmund, Warkton (Northamptonshire) – conservation of monuments
St Martin of Tours, Bilborough (Nottingham) – conservation of wall paintings
All Saints, Godshill (Isle of Wight) – repair of window
St Botolph, Botolphs (West Sussex) – repair of roof


The Award is made for the repair or conservation of the fabric, fittings or furnishings of historic churches, chapels or other faith buildings in England or Wales, which remain in use for worship. However, cathedrals of any denomination are not eligible. It is not essential that the building is listed as being of architectural or historic interest. The age or architectural significance of the building is less important than the quality of the repair.

How to apply

For more information download the John Betjeman Award flier. Before you apply, you will find it useful to read SPAB Principles - the Purpose of the SPAB. To put your place of worship forward for this award please download the application form and return it to The SPAB, John Betjeman Award, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY by Tuesday 24 February.